This is what we know:
Rob leaves July 25. I have the lovely task of driving him to base, staying to do paperwork on the family and then driving home without him. Fun times.
Rob will have 85 of training stateside. He will start in San Diego then move onto Fort Bragg.
Rob will have 5 days at home. We think, and hope, that this time off will coincide with Zion's second birthday. Yeah! Even if it's not right on it looks like we'll be able to celebrate close enough and be able to have him with us.
Rob will have 270 days in Afghanistan. Naturally the military has left a little clause on his orders that say that his time there could be extended to 420 days. Ouch! For now we'll just hope for the best because 9 months is so much nicer than 14.
Rob will be working on a Provincial Reconstruction Team. Though we don't know exactly what that means at this time. We also don't know where in Afghanistan he will be. In a couple of weeks we are going to meet with some friends of ours who spent a number of years over there as civilians. It will be nice to learn about the country, people and culture a little before he heads over there. One of my friends has already assured me that she felt much safer over there than you would expect by watching the news and has discouraged me from doing such a thing.
I just want to add a huge thank you to everyone who has extended their kind words and support. It is amazing to feel so covered with prayer and to know that so many people are offering to help in many practical ways. I know it's going to be hard when Rob is gone (and hard for him to be gone) and I have found myself starting to choke up a time or two when I've told people he's leaving yet I have a tremendous amount of peace and that can only be explained by being lifted up in prayer by so many friends and family members. Thank you!